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Comment: Re:Morons that cannot do math.... (Score 1) 177

by bill_mcgonigle (#48688935) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

If the greenies and those making billions off of CO2 hysteria, like Gore, are so worried about the environment, get to the root off the problem and starting reducing their own population.

They don't even have to do that. Every time an environmentalist takes a cold shower instead of a hot shower, he prevents, on average, 8 lbs of CO2 from being created.

Well, the environmentalists who love the planet enough anyway. I haven't found too many, though, willing to do this one small thing to help out (at least ones who were planning to shower in the first place). They all start talking about educating other people to reduce their carbon footprint.

Uh, huh. It's a good litmus test to winnow the ethical from the hypocrites.

Comment: Re:That's revolutionary (Score 2) 177

by bill_mcgonigle (#48688909) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

Cut down the forests to save the planet! :) There's even math that shows if your area has significant snowcover (Canada-on-up) that you shouldn't even plant the trees at all because the IR reflected out into space due to the albedo is worth more for reducing warming than the CO2 that can be absorbed at those altitudes. Not everything that's true is immediately intuitive (science, bitches).

Not that I necessarily trust that particular math nor anybody's math which claims to account for all variables and reveal the truth, but it makes sense that what we need is more biomass at the equator where it can grow denser and sequester more. Such as if the desertifying of the Sahara could be reversed, as "its" water is being gradually locked up at the southern pole. But to melt those ice sheets and put the humidity back into the atmosphere would required ... dun, dun, dunnnn!

Comment: Re: I doubt it. (Score 1) 87

hey, I had a GE made in Mexico about a decade ago - complete junk. I just gave away a Bosch too - also junk. Before the GE was Whirlpool junk. Replaced the Bosch with a Maytag, a model with a grinder, and it's the first dishwasher I've bought that I haven't hated in two decades. Not sure where it's made.

Comment: Re:The great lie of the market. (Score 2) 34

So a diamond is essentially worthless, but good upselling makes it worth a lot. This values pays for the processing and marketing of the stone. In the US, for instance, 50 years of brainwashing has made couples forgo homes and food to buy a rock. In the case of the apparently paid link, they are a delivery service. The problem is that it is hard to create enough value for delivery. Overhead, profits, and minimum wage means that someone is not going to pay a large delivery fee, the value is not going to create a viable business. Of course you could do what Uber and Lyft does, which is essentially externalize all real costs to contractors, but even in that case profit is apparently not possible without surge pricing which tricks customers into paying multiples of the expected price.

Comment: Re:Not all bad, some middling to good-ish reviews (Score 1) 348

by fermion (#48664067) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
My take on it is that there are higher expectations for movies, not just in terms of the production values but in terms of the actors. This was the sixth middle earth movie, and everyone is showing a bit of fatigue. The cameras angles, thankfully sparingly used, to make hobbits seem small are getting increasingly passe. There were few landscapes which though also getting a bit old were at least entertaining. The actual battle could have used a some lesson from TV on how to shoot on a budget.

In fact the entire movie reminded me of an elevator episode from a TV series. These episodes are made when on has blown one's budget for the season, but still need to get 24 in the can. So you have everyone stuck on an elevator, or locked in a room, or the like, and have some dramatic events happening. Of course it is hard to carry an entire movie on this premise, but when one has promised a mini series, one has to deliver.

Modeling paged and segmented memories is tricky business. -- P.J. Denning